Bryson DeChambeau wins the US Open

Tanya Simon
September 21, 2020

Danny Lee had a third round to forget at the US Open following an embarrassing passage of play which saw him miss five putts in quick succession and then withdraw with a wrist injury after throwing his club down in frustration.

"I'm not going to stop", he said.

"100% I was anxious about Matt today, old mates slow play and constant overreactions will wear anyone down.

I don't see why he wouldn't be able to win many more U.S. Opens".

"I was just trying not to shoot 80 after that front nine".

That is the flawless way for Wolff to view the situation because it was a struggle for him nearly from the start on a day that saw him make an eagle but no birdies while adding five bogeys and a double-bogey. After carrying a two-shot lead into Sunday, Wolff shot 5-over 75.

DeChambeau dominated the final day to cruise to a six-shot victory in the second men's major of the year, posting the lowest final round by three strokes with a three-under 67 on Sunday. Wolff finished at even-par 280, a score that would have won four of the previous five U.S. Opens at Winged Foot.

The more immediate concern, though, is how numerous golf courses on the schedule will be able to contain him.

But for Wolff, there should be no such fear.

DeChambeau's final score of -6 made him the only golfer to finish the tournament with a score under par. "If it was just about hitting the ball long, the long drivers would be out here playing in these major championships and they're not".

The four-time major victor found the fairway and green in regulation on the opening hole, but four-putted from 90 feet after his first attempt failed to get over a ridge in the putting surface and rolled back towards him. While Wolff (two fairways) and Bryson DeChambeau (three fairways en route to a 70 that left him two shots behind) both thrived out of the rough, the unpredictable lies wore down Reed.

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Known for his analytical approach to golf, DeChambeau spent the PGA Tour's pandemic shutdown adding 40 pounds of muscle and began hitting moon-shot drives upon his return.

Rory McIlroy is confident Matthew Wolff will have many more opportunities to win a major after the American's US Open bid unravelled in Sunday's final round.

That effectively made it a two-horse race and when Wolff's bogey on the 10th was followed by a DeChambeau birdie on the 11th, the lead was three with just seven holes to play. And par for the course on a day that, in Wolff's words, "just wasn't meant to be". Winged Foot is an unbelievable test and an unbelievable golf course, but it was miles, miles harder than Harding Park [site of last month's PGA], and it definitely showed, not only today but throughout the week. And if a tough course wasn't enough, he might have received the worst break of the week.

Still to play was the back nine, where so much has gone wrong at Winged Foot over the years.

Wolff found that out on Sunday.

DeChambeau curled in an epic 40-foot eagle putt at the 556-yard par-5 ninth, but Wolff knocked in a 10-footer to match him and stay one back.

Noren's Ryder Cup team-mate Paul Casey also broke par with a remarkable comeback from a nightmare start, the Englishman slumping to 11 over par with five bogeys in the first seven holes.

Wolff took double bogey at the 16th to fall six back and DeChambeau parred the last seven holes for the victory. "I just tried to be that way". "I feel like I'm right in it".

"He played really well". He has a victory at the 3M Championship a year ago.

Winged Foot lived up to its reputation a day after McIlroy struggled to a 76. First-timers there typically have some issues, but who knows?

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